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January 2015
Bonsai
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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

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Indie Releases Round-UP: Right On Dynamite, Noxious Foxes, My Pet Dragon, Ultraviolet Astronomy.

Indie Releases Round-UP: Right On Dynamite, Noxious Foxes, My Pet Dragon, Ultraviolet Astronomy.

Grab your beach gear, cover yourself in sun block, and sport your best noise-canceling headphones: it’s the first week of August, and the city that never sleeps is set to drop yet another batch of releases.



Scene semi-veterans and Brooklyn natives Right on Dynamite play a rather aggressive brand of garage rock with surf tinges, and are (finally) about to release their debut album "In Vino Veritas", out September 13th. The bands’ up- beat lyrics, and simple, yet memorable compositions combine for a sound similar to The Strokes, Rooney, and Phoenix…all in one. These self-branded surf rock/indie dudes will stage their repertoire at The Music Hall of Williamsburg opening for White Rabbits, on August 3rd - the show is sold out though...


Instrumentalists or, more appropriately, math experimentalists, Noxious Foxes    this week will release their third album entitled "Legs". Unexpected, quirky, and avant-garde are only a few adjectives to describe this musical duo's compositions. Edgy, uber-mathy beats and inventive guitar parts combine for a unique, dark, tense sound. We definitely recommend you to venture into Spike Hill’s dimly lit walls for this duets’ performance on the 27th.



If punchy rock isn’t quite your scene, then you might be interested in the music of minimalistic male-female duo Ultraviolet Astronomy (pictured above). Their Eighties-inspired shy-pop is injected with plenty of synthesized beats and sounds, and it's at once progressive and extremely melodic. Expect the group’s sophomore EP   "MVMNT" out on August 2nd.



“Gimme That Sound Productions” anticipates the release of My Pet Dragon’s sophomore LP, "Mountains and Cities", August 2nd. Catchy vocals, melodic guitar riffs, and steady drumbeats meld into a breezy indie/pop-rock album. Songs like "Majestic Lovers" and "Flow" entrance listeners with dance-inducing rhythms, and herald the ideal soundtrack for that cross-country, convertible drive under Augusts’ everlasting sunshine. Don't own a car? Don’t worry, you can take a train to this NYC-based bands’ upcoming gig at The Mercury Lounge on August 5th. - Madi Silvers
 

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